Of the numerous sports teams at The University, only six of them had to remain on campus over Intersession. While most students were enjoying more than a month off from school, these athletes were working hard to play the sports they love while possibly taking classes at The University.
The most successful team over Intersession was the women’s basketball team. The Lady Royals are currently dominating their division with a record of 20-2.
Senior guard and captain Lia DiSciascio was a key player in the team’s fantastic 8-1 run during Intersession.
“Over Intersession we spend a lot of time coming together as a team. We play better basketball because our focus is shifted off of school and onto the courts over Intersession,” DiSciascio said. “And eventually it becomes playing basketball with your best friends and it really shows on the court.”
The men’s basketball team also had great success over Intersession and is currently overpowering the Landmark Conference with a 17-4 record.
Senior guard and co-captain Ross Danzig led the team to multiple close victories.
“We played a lot of very close games; I have to say we had about a 15 total point victory margin over maybe seven games, which is really incredible,” Danzig said. “We also suffered from more injuries and cases of illness than in all my past four years, which helped show us what kind of team we are when we can overcome problems and still come out with a win.”
The women’s swimming and diving team also had a very successful Intersession. The Royals competed against many strong teams in their January meets and still managed to boast a strong record of 7-5.
“Our performance was pretty good, but we swam against harder teams,” senior captain Paige Agnello said. “For us, Intersession is a training-intensive period so we can prepare for February. We had a training trip down to Miami where we had two practices a day. It was a great way to bring the team closer together, and we had a lot of fun with it.”
The men’s swimming and diving team succeeded individually, as many swimmers shaved seconds off their times and set personal records. As a team, though, they currently stand at 4-7. The team also uses this January break to focus on training for the conference championship meet in February. Like the women’s team, the men’s team also traveled to Miami for training.
The wrestling team had numerous matches over Intersession and currently has a 5-12 record.
“Overall we did well with the low numbers that we had, we had a couple of champions and some really great matches,” Shawn Flesche, a senior captain of the team, said.
The team has had a couple of remarkable victories, one of which came when wrestlers Ian Evans and James Kelly won their championships at the Washington Lee invitational.
The hockey club team played most of its games over Intersession after being reinstated in the fall of 2014. The team faced a limited schedule and seemed to make the best of it.
The club currently stands at 1-3-2. Senior hockey club team President Joe Renza was faced with leading his team through a season of various on- and off-ice obstacles and managed to pull his team through the turmoil.
“We had a late start this year, the first half of a regular season we only got to play one game. Our chemistry needed to be built up. We had to get the first-year players used to college hockey,” Renza said.
While first-years were getting used to the faster play of college hockey, junior Gregg Daley remained a force to be reckoned with.
“Gregg is having a very impressive season so far, he’s becoming a point-per-game player,” Renza said. “Overall we are impressed with how the team is handling the season, and I feel safe leaving the club in their hands at the end of the season.”
Overall, Intersession brought success to each team in numerous ways. Players from all teams developed over the month-long period and are now better prepared to get ready for their playoffs in February and March.
Feb. 13, 2015.